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Children Honour Canada’s Veterans through Creative Art and Writing

Jun 6, 2017

Since 1960, Canadian school children from coast to coast to coast have honoured Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing by participating in The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding annual Poster and Literary Contests.

Dominion Command is pleased to announce the First Place Winners of the 2017 Contests in each category:

Poster Contests


Senior: Hye In (Grace) Park, Langley, BC
Intermediate: Ariella Amancio, Newmarket, ON
Junior: Roisin Mullen, Mount Stewart, PE
Primary: Scarlett Robinson, Lake Country, BC

Black & White

Senior: Keyu Chen, Vancouver, BC
Intermediate: Grace Gao, Ottawa, ON
Junior: Karen Ki, Scarborough, ON
Primary: Charlie O’Hearn-Stone, Trail, BC

Literary Contests


Senior: Beth Kirby, Cornwall, PE
Intermediate: Gina Spencer, Massey Drive, NL
Junior: Isabel Jensen, Strathmore, AB


Senior: Megan Miller, Moncton, NB
Intermediate: Emma Vatcher, Conception Bay South, NL
Junior: Kaylie Seinen, Onoway, AB

Congratulations to our winning entries, and thank you to all the students who honoured Canada’s Veterans through their creative works!

The posters, essays and poems of the 2017 national first and second place winners, as well as winners from previous years can be viewed online: Winners 2017: Poster and Literary Contests

Learn more about the contests and view winning entries from previous years on the Legion website.


About the Contests

Each year, more than 100,000 youth participate in the Legion’s Poster and Literary Contests to learn about and honour the tradition of Remembrance.

The contests are organized by Legion branches with schools in their area. The winning entries progress through various levels at the Legion with the final entries being forwarded to Legion national headquarters in Ottawa where they are judged and the national winners declared.

The winning entries for each category at the national level are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from July 1 to May 1 of the following year. For the Poster Contest, the second place winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, are displayed at various sites on Parliament Hill during the Remembrance period in November.

The Legion sponsors a trip to Ottawa for the senior winners in the four contests to attend the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. There, the winners will place a wreath on behalf of the Youth of Canada as well as have an opportunity to attend a luncheon and meet with the Governor General.

The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring the tradition of Remembrance remains relevant to, and supported by younger generations. We promote youth-specific education and leadership programs through a variety of local and national initiatives. Learn more about the Legion’s youth initiatives.



About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With more than 275,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

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